The first "open-source ethnography project," the Cultural Geography of Seoul" project is a large, ethnographic research project that maps the city of Seoul across two axes -- one geographic and the other cultural. Whether it be describing the cultural landscapes of discrete neighborhoods such as Shinchon, Hongdae, or Myeongdong, our empirical data gathered as audio interviews, photographs, and other forms of media will be presented shared in combined form through new media tools such as Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr, creating a searchable and shareable database of data that is transparently and democratically accessible to outside academic investigators as an invaluable store of ethnographic data to allow dots to be connected and patterns made visible in the complex matrix of South Korean society. We hope that through our efforts at gathering together the raw ethnographic materiél for those without easy personal, social, or physical access to certain ethnographic subjects directly. Primarily a descriptive, data-gathering project, our data will help in the generation of finished works of cultural/social analysis as publications, which will be unique in terms of how they their ethnographic data will be openly available for all, while encouraging deeper research into the rich cultures in the megacity of Seoul and its environs.
One interview with some attendees of the Seoul Fashion Week event in MArch 2016.